Modern Classics: Toyota MR2, 1984-1995 –

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March 4, 2010

By Jeff photos courtesy Toyota

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During the few weeks, the media has been considerable attention on the woes of Motor Corporation. Not surprisingly, a flock of ravenous vultures a carcass, news outlets been pummelling this giant” of the automotive industry.

Toyota MR2. Click image to

The first generation of the MR2 was produced 1984 and 1989 with 25,000 units being annually in North America. 10 per cent of those made way into Canadian dealerships, it relatively rare.

With of the focus on family and practical no one expected the folks at Toyota to to market such a radical mid-engined sports car.

The generation MR2 is small by all standards, in at only 1,066 kg (2,350 with a length of only mm (155.5 inches). Powering the MR2 was a inline four-cylinder engine. The (double overhead camshafts) with an electronic multi-point injection system enabled the to produce a respectable 128 horsepower.

In 1986, consumers had the option of the MR2 with a supercharger, providing the car some extra “get up and The supercharged model was available to 1989 with stock ratings pegged at 145. The version of the MR2 was available in both and Canadian markets.

1987 Toyota MR2. Click to enlarge

While by today’s the horsepower ratings were its handling and responsiveness was enough at the to impress automotive journalists Engineers placed extra on the MR2’s suspension components were designed in collaboration Lotus engineer, Roger

During the first generation’s life there were a few and not-so subtle changes to the MR2. In 1986, consumers had the of ordering a four-speed automatic as well as a leather interior, and in one could even opt for a removable By 1988, designers were laying the blueprints for the next MR2 which would later be referred to as the “baby Ferrari.”

However, the first generation was not to “go out” with a whimper, as launched a “Super Edition” (available only in Japan) came standard with a steering wheel and shifter Recaro seats with door panels, and a special blue paint. Production of extremely rare model in December 1989 after 270 models rolled off the assembly in Sagamihara, Japan.

No MR2s imported into North for the 1990 model year, but would not have to wait too as the 1991 models were midway through 1990 – and the was worth every minute!

1987 Toyota MR2. Click to enlarge

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